MAY FLOWERS

May 1st, 2017

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April Showers Bring May Flowers!  I look forward to enjoying the beauty of nature and feel the warm sunshine invigorate my body.  We’ve come through a long winter, half way through the year.  Each morning I open my ears listening to birds singing their rites of spring outside my window.  I like to think of it as a social interaction.  It assures me the season is changing and nature is coming alive.

There have always been ways to predict the weather.   Not only animals have their own way of predicting the weather,  or nature goes into hibernation, even humans respond to external stresses when exposed to natures rhythms.   I remember our elders could predict the weather better than some meteorologists today and  through their aches and pains never fail to say,  “keep living”.  Now on some cloudy days, I wake up with a few aches and pains realizing that too comes with a long journey of living. Often time a journey that require me to be alone with God to get through a day.  Perhaps you too have noticed this to be true to some degree through your own life experiences, especially how the weather can affect your health and mood.

Yet, we must never let a day of sunshine or gloom keep us from being and doing our best, no matter how bad things are or how you feel.  Whether it’s a bright sunshine, rain, or a cloudy day, all will certainly make you aware and realize “every day above ground is a good day”.

Even when a day is more than expected, don’t panic, pray! It is the Divine that grants life however we wake up or whatever we wake up to. Nobody is here forever, don’t be so busy watching out for what’s ahead that you fail to take time to enjoy where you are – each moment that you are.
Today is good to do something good. You can either give birth to new possibilities, or you can abort all opportunities. Write it on your heart that today is the best day to live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, and find your eternity in each moment.

May the beauty of God surprise us.  May the presence of God guide us.  May the Word of God inspire us.  May the dream of God enfold us.  May the passion of God love us.

April showers bring May flowers. Stay motivated, keep the focus and exploit all the potential within you, the choice is yours.  Happiness blooms naturally in the hearts of those who are inwardly free and when you are magic happens.  Let us enjoy ourselves while we can and bloom wherever we are planted.   Keep love in your heart.  A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead.

HAPPY APRIL!!!!

April 3rd, 2017

HAPPY APRIL!! GLAD TO BE HERE AND GLAD YOU’RE HERE TOO!  When we are having good times seemingly we always have lots of friends.  It’s when one is going through tough times that true friends are revealed.  With that being said, be the best you.  Let’s get this beautiful month of April started and come what may, laugh through it, live it, and love it!  Don’t wait thinking everything every day is going to be hunky dorey…..time is limited.  We all have met a few fake people during our life but don’t waste ‘your’ life hating someone, or even pretending to be someone you are not. Be honest and genuine. Some will like you, some want. Authentic friendships are made and built based on being the real you – extending yourself openly and extending yourself genuine. LIVE EACH DAY VICTORIOUSLY!!!!!!!!!!

GENUINE PLEASURE & PRIVILEGE

March 27th, 2017

A GENUINE PRIVILEGE & BLESSING:
I am humbled and honored to wake up “clothed in my right mind”. If you have southern roots surely you grew up hearing these words. I have a lot to be thankful for. I’m sure you do too.

I am thankful for the lessons I have learned along the way, for the examples that were set for me and the experiences and sacrifices I went through to appreciate them. Even when I didn’t understand what was said or done, after all soaked in I realized they were life lessons. Many have taught me how to move forward with grace, strength, courage and confidence.

If you live long, you will see more, feel more and expect more when you are more in tune with the deep truth of your own soul. You too will experience changes in your mental and physical capabilities. What’s really great about it all is, you will certainly get a good grip on how to love another individual in spite of their differences. That was always a difficult one for me. When you consent to improve yourself, you develop a real spiritual path that will transform your consciousness from a mundane level to that of a more enlightened being. You become aware of your soul, and too, will wish to grow in love.

We all live a time of awakening and desire to change. When we refer to our own personal story it often allows us to become more attentive, present and patient.

Not only do we change, mentally, physically and even spiritually, but also we come to appreciate life’s journey much more. You realize it is a pleasure and privilege to be here once you become aware of what was not right in your old life, in your new life. You will know why you are still here still exploring more opportunities of life. You recognize it is a pleasure, privilege and blessing to still be here “clothed in your right mind”.

STAND UP!

March 4th, 2017

Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen. ~Winston Churchill

You have to expect spiritual warfare whenever you stand up for righteousness or call attention to basic values. It’s just a matter of light battling the darkness. But the light wins every time. You can’t throw enough darkness on light to put it out. ~Thomas Kinkade

The strongest thing that any human being has going is their own integrity and their own heart. As soon as you start veering away from that, the solidity that you need in order to be able to stand up for what you believe in and deliver what’s really inside, it’s just not going to be there. ~Herbie Hancock

No change can come if those who are impacted the most by discrimination are not willing to stand up for themselves. ~Zainab Salbi

There are always a few who stand up in times of communal madness and have the courage to say that what unites us is greater than what divides us. ~Geraldine Brooks

The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy. ~Martin Luther King, Jr.

If you want to be a real a real woman, or a real man stand up look around; look at what makes you unhappy, what makes you furious, and then engage yourself in standing up and participating in some action of speaking, writing, or doing something.

Speaking your mind is not fruitless unless unless it’s done thoughtfully and with a clearly defined rationale for why your view would ultimately be of service to all. Be sincere but don’t be righteous. A message that comes from the heart lands on the heart. Don’t give up, stay strong and find your place to stand, alone or with someone who need your support.

THINKING: WHAT DID YOU DO TODAY?

January 19th, 2017

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THINKING: What Good Did You Do Today? What Good Did You Speak Into Someone’s Life? We all have an opportunity to make our world better?

Our first African American President and family knew this and did a lot of good for the country during 2009 – 2017.  Many accomplishments were made even among obstacles that were put before them by Democrats & Republicans that chose not to recognize or support an African American president.

The Commander in Chief and Mrs. Obama and the girls gave what they had to make the country better and stay the course. They demonstrated how and what a people can do when a call is answered to live your purpose. Perhaps they even talked among themselves to confirm if they were all on one accord. We can imagine but we will never know how much they gave up, endured, the burdens they carried (every day), nor how much it cost them to model being the first family. They put their lives out there realizing they would be taken apart, critiqued, examined and belittled, and it was, yet, they served well, with dignity and respect.  They did a great work and they didn’t come down even if the people they served thought they could have done more.

What did, will or can you do today to make our world better without expecting any thing in return?

The least we all can do to make our world better is do good and “love our neighbors” as we have been instructed to do without expecting anything in return. People need people and with the instructions and commandments that have been left for us to follow along with the senses we are equipped with and the ability and knowledge we have acquired, without doubt, we can if we think we can, do better than what we are doing, but we have to overcome the threshold of selfishness and take on the cares and needs of one another without giving it second thought. Yes, even many Christians (esp. those who appear self-righteous) try to comply but too often are not willing to extend oneself to others, especially with individuals they disagree with or something they see in another individual that they don’t like. I would like to see more Christians practicing what is preached without focusing on what benefits are available for them, what thanks will they get or how will they be recognized.

When someone say something in appreciation for something you do for them just say, “today it was my turn, tomorrow it’s yours”. I fully support the idea of “Pay It Forward”, and if you believe it, push it forward. Too bad we don’t see much of this being publicized today. The Christian religion has much to do with helping one another. Even small acts of kindness in time can make our world a much better place to live if put into practice along with unconditional love for one another.

THE GIFT OF LIFE IS LIFE ITSELF

August 27th, 2016

Nice, quiet day….life is good. Life is always a miracle in motion. Every day is unique and every moment is so precious. We each have our own purpose and much work to do that will last us a  lifetime. You only travel each day of life once. Time is not waiting for you so enjoy your every moment (good or bad) because the gift of life is life itself.
Find time to….
……do what makes you happy
……be with who makes you smile
……laugh as much as you breathe
……love as long as you live
……take a walk through nature and listen
……dig your fingers into the soil of the earth to plant and grow something
……do nothing
The world is full of nice people if you can’t find one be one and…
……have coffee/tea with a friend
……go somewhere special
……do what you have always wanted to do
……be with the one you really love and you know love you
……do something for someone who can never repay you back
Include people in your life that…
……truly love you
……motivate you
……encourage you
……inspire you
……likes the same things you like
Those who never seem to have time to share life with you or those who want to take up all of your time, let them go.  Yet, life is so good when you take time to form remarkable friendships. When you wake up in the morning sit in silence for at least ten minutes. Pray for someone. Thank God and ask Him to reveal your purpose for being and to guide you throughout the day.

TO THE YOUNG & RESTLESS

May 17th, 2016

Are you LOOKING FOR THE RIGHT PERSON IN THE WRONG PLACES
Two million wed every year in the U. S. June is the most popular month for weddings, then August and May. But first before you get there say you’re still looking for the right person. Where do you go? How do you find a life-long partner to accompany you through life? These are questions to ponder when you are moving from the single life.

Years ago, courtship (known today as engagement) was the way of life to really get to know a person before marriage. You need to not only be physically attracted to each other but resonate with each other’s values, ideas and religion. For instance, consider being in a relationship with someone who spends most of their time enjoying the outdoor life and you are a homebody who loves staying inside the home. Look at the heart (for humility, kindness, compassion, meekness, patience, sincerity, generosity) and not the outward appearance.

We can never change an individual into a new person or into the person we want them to be? This can be as difficult as trying to fit a square peg into a round hole. If someone wants to spend their life with you they need to know who you are. You should be authentic and your natural self.

Life today has certainly changed. Courting back in the days of yesteryear was valuable time spent to determine if it was God’s will for two people to marry each other. According to divorce rates today, surely courting is a thing of the past and it is unfortunate we see too many marriages fail. Many today are unhappy together wishing they had done the courtship period.

If you want to find your life partner don’t fake your way into someone’s life. Don’t pretend to like or agree with things you don’t. Really learn how to listen to each other. Learn about differences and similarities. Communicate and learn how to respect & enjoy each other, and work through problem areas. Learn how to compromise (find that middle ground). Get to know family members. Don’t assume if you live up to someone’s expectations they will change. Be your genuine self. Many spend precious years together unhappy in a relationship simply because they didn’t make time to get to know one another. Lastly, listen to your heart.

If you want to meet your life partner, someone you are equally yoked with, get involved with something you like to do you just might meet the person who enjoy and like the same to accompany you through the rest of your life. It’s important to know if you can get over the first crazy, rough and intense years (5 at least for most if you have really done the courtship), the rest will be calmer.

Don’t spend too much of your time scouting and looking but more time on what you like to do you just might be surprised

FAILURE IS NOT AN OPTION

January 20th, 2016

Failure is not an option in life. Throughout my journey, I have often felt off tract while my gut would always say, more to be done. I grew up under the default plan of life and family desires for their off-springs – you know, get rich and live the good life (better than the life we had).

Growing older, I have resorted instead to live a fulfilling life. Once I left behind my biases, my expectations, my comforts and others desires for me, and the surprises that came with this change, essential growth took place and I gained clarity about my own purpose for being.
Once you awaken the leader in you and know your values, see the need in everyday problems that need challenged and feel the need in you to be challenged for opportunities to grow, that is when you began living a fulfilling life.  That is when  you start during extraordinary work in making your contribution to the world.

My success was in discovering who I am, to whom I belong, why I am here and where I feel and have a natural advantage for not failing my mission.  Right now I’m smiling.  What makes you smile?

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

January 8th, 2016

I NEED YOU TO SURVIVE

“Birds do it, bees do it.  Even educated fleas do it.  Let’s do it, let’s fall in love”  ~ella fitzgerald

We are living in a period making drastic changes to the very essence of our lives, a time that is crucial to live as a unified body of individuals.  Community is shaped by the way we relate to one another according to spiritual guidelines.  We get there by assuming 100 percent responsibility for our lives and the role each of us play.  There is not one of us who can say, “I don’t need anybody” and proceed to make life work.  We do need each other!  We were made to work in teams!  We need each other to create a wonderful and safe place to live and survive.  Yet, until we know how to love each other and make a concerted effort to stop hurting each other we can’t do any of this.

Throughout my journey, I’ve learned that a lot of us (yep, you & I), have been or is paddling like ducks to survive in a world that’s separating us from each other.  The average adult’s network of friends has decreased over the past 3 decades.  Our world needs fixing and only we can do it but, we first must stop waiting for something magical to happen. We each have to take responsibility to close the gap and it starts with stop saying “no” when our hearts says “yes I need you to survive”.

All of us (you & I) still is or have experienced some degree of abandonment, if only for a short time.  We get lonely, get depressed and often feel stuck in our tracks.  Even when we want to take a leap of faith we are held back by our own fears, doubts, and lack of trust in each other.  Even when someone presents themselves in genuineness and honesty we miss what God is giving us.  We try to make sense of the feeling of our own questions of “why am I feeling this way” and question our most precious gift – the ability to love.  We fear everyone is looking for something from us.

Loneliness is a struggle many want admit.  We want to appear we’re ok, therefore, we hide it or pretend it isn’t there…but is it.  It’s there when we spend hours online, in between relationships or things aren’t going well with a significant other or when we have no specific love interest.  We even initiate and stay in bad relationships in order to avoid loneliness.  It tempts us with easy fixes and rash decisions.  We stop believing in ourselves and many have lost all confidence and hope for a better future.

Loneliness feel awful!  As the world get more and more connected to social media and every hand holds a cell phone, it will actually become easier to feel a plague of loneliness in 2016.

Loneliness was the first thing God’s eye named not good.  He intends for us to share our lives with each other.  “Then the Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone.  I will make him a helper suitable for him.”

There is someone for everyone. It’s up to you to do the necessary work and take the step necessary to break free from loneliness by asking God for the courage to try new things and trust Him to give you an abundant life that includes intimate and faithful friendships and a life that works to create community for a sustainable future.

EVERY MOMENT IS PRECIOUS –

November 12th, 2015

EVERY MOMENT IS PRECIOUS –

Your alarm goes off again. It’s time to put your mind over your mattress and prepare for what’s ahead realizing every moment of life is precious.
When our day is ruled by chaos, clutter or toxicity we have let time get away from us and it can easily start with hitting the snooze button one more time.

As you start your day I hope this inspires you to seize the moment and look forward to an enjoyable and fulfilling day. It all start with finding pleasure in the little things like starting the day with a good cup of hot coffee or tea, review your personal mission statement, or read and meditate before moving forward.

Right now I am getting my creative juices flowing. When I share this part of me with you and hit the publish button it’s a great feeling. I find happiness when I am working to build rewarding relationships. Unconditional love brings me inner peace and starts my day with a spiritual awakening. Who I am always gives rise to what I do each day.

The best way to enjoy your work is to take pride in whatever work you do without waiting for someone to compliment you, or stop thinking about a raise or promotion and more about building rewarding relationships with your customers, clients and co-workers. Never be too busy to laugh or too serious to smile, and find a way throughout the day to enjoy a little of nature. It can be done even on cold or cloudy days while commuting to and from work or sitting by a window if you are indoor. Usually it’s the most ordinary moments that stand out at the end of day.

Once your work day is ended take care of your health, prepare and eat a good meal, relax (like really relax), meditate before winding down for bed and be grateful for what you have and what you were able to do. I hope your day is enjoyable and fulfilling.

My daily morning prayer, “Father I stretch my hands to you, no other help I know. I trust you throughout the entire course of this day to lead me in the way I should go”.